My husband is a huge refried bean fan. He will eat just about anything
made with them. This recipe has evolved over the years from a recipe
that I have for Seven-Layer Dip. In truth I never really followed the
recipe but used it instead as a guide or starting point.
I have pared this recipe back to make enough Five Cheese Layer Dip to
fill a small shallow glass pan, just enough for two (but normally the
hubby can finish off the entire pan in one sitting, if I let him. It's
very easy to convert this recipe to fill a 9" x 13" pan.
Five Cheese Layer Dip
8 oz. Refried Beans
8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (sliced)
¼ Cup DiGiorno Shredded Three Cheese (Parmesan, Romano & Asiago Cheeses)
½ Cup Shredded Medium Cheddar Cheese
4 oz. Sour Cream
1 small Avacado - sliced thin
¼ Cup Iceberg Lettuce (shredded into fine strips - use a plastic knife or finely shred)
¼ Cup Early California Pitted Ripe Black Olives - Extra large (6 oz.)
1 medium Ripe Tomato - finely chopped
Don't forget the Scoops!
Layer refried beans in the bottom of a small metal or glass pan. Layer remaining
ingredients in the order shown above. Chill until ready to serve.
Five Cheese Layer Dip Tips:
I use the refried beans directly from the can and mix in a little milk, in
order to make the beans creamier and easier to spread
Keep the cream cheese refridgerated until ready to use, then open the entire
brick and slice thin strips from the end, layer in dish on top of beans. If you
have trouble slicing it, freeze the cheese for about 30 minutes and try again.
As for the avacado, you can either use fresh or if you don't care to fool with
the mess, you can choose to use guacamole spread or another avacado spread found
at your local grocery. To use fresh avacado, be sure to choose one that is fully
ripe, peel it, then cut in half - remove the pit, then slice into thin slices.
Layer in pan over sour cream layer.
No one layer of the Five Cheese Layer Dip should be very thick by itself. Creating
thin layers of each ingredient creates a mixture of flavors and textures that will
delight most any palate.
Serve Five Cheese Layer Dip as an appetizer with your favorite cracker or chips.
I like to serve the dip with Tostitos brand tortilla chips - especially Scoops!